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William Ziff, grandfather of TR

By NickNielsen ·
http://news.com.com/William+Ziff,+tech+media+pioneer,+dies+at+76/2100-1030_3-6114463.html

Founder of Ziff-Davis, which generated ZDNet (therefore TR).

I remember reading many Ziff-Davis magazines back in the old days, including Car & Driver, Bicycling, and especially Popular Electronics! The PE story on the Altair 80 was my introduction to personal computers.

Any other Ziff memories there?

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One of my favorie magazines every year

by OnTheRopes In reply to William Ziff, grandfather ...

is the Car and Driver December issue. I wish I still had every one of them I've ever bought.

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A brief history of TechRepublic - Ziff influenced, but didn't generate TR

by Bill Detwiler Editor In reply to William Ziff, grandfather ...

Nick,<br><br>I also have fond memories of many Ziff-Davis? publications, but thought I would clarify TechRepublic?s relation to ZDNet and Ziff-Davis.<br><br>TechRepublic was founded in 1997 by Tom Cottingham and Kim Spalding. Cottingham was co-founder and president of The Cobb Group, a Louisville-based publisher of technology-focused newsletters. Spalding was vice president of finance at The Cobb Group.<br><br>In 1991, New York-based Ziff-Davis Publishing acquired The Cobb Group. Cottingham left The Cobb Group in 1996 and in 1997 began operating Narrow Cast Concepts, a travel industry publisher, with Spalding. In 1998, Ziff-Davis decided to relocate the former Cobb Group to Rochester, NY, but very few Louisville employees accepted the offer.<br><br>Cottingham saw the relocation as an opportunity to refocus Narrow Cast Concepts around IT newsletters and bring on several former Cobb Group coworkers. Narrow Cast Concepts soon became TechRepublic and in May, 1999 launched TechRepublic.com. My first article for TechRepublic, <i><a href="http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-5033048.html" target="_blank">Managing help desk call volume and scheduling,</a></i> was published in November 1999.<br><br>Stamford, Connecticut-based IT consulting firm, Gartner Inc. acquired TechRepublic in March 2000 and in July, I joined TechRepublic as Community Editor for Support Republic. That same year, CNET Networks acquired ZDNet?the online arm of Ziff-Davis Publishing. In 2001, CNET Networks, under the direction of then CEO and Louisville-native Shelby Bonnie, acquired TechRepublic.<br><br>So, ZDNet and TechRepublic both joined CNET around the same time, but as separate acquisitions.

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I always did love a good story

by Mickster269 In reply to A brief history of TechRe ...

Tell us more! Tell us more!

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Thanks for the clarification

by NickNielsen In reply to A brief history of TechRe ...

It's strange, but your first article for TR may have finally prompted me to join. I was working in a help desk/call response environment at the time and would been interested in any insights. I remember browsing the articles and discussions over that summer trying to decide whether or not it would be worth it.

I think it was all the bouncing around that TR went through during the 2000-2001 period that got me confused.

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Thank you sir..

by flam3r07 In reply to A brief history of TechRe ...

i really thank you for the info you have given to me....

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